June 9, 2023

The various food services offered at California Baptist University are providing students with more options, since the establishments have more to the menus than meets the eye—these eateries provide substitutions for meals.

Inquiring minds may be pleased to find meat at El Monte Grill can be replaced with any side, whether it be a dessert, fruit, or a double serving of  a favorite ingredient.

“We noticed some students wanted double beans,” said Kipp Dougherty, director of food services. “I think sometimes we develop things until we work and operate it and we don’t know if it will be successful until we see what the students want, then we act accordingly.”

These subtle changes are based on suggestions from students who wanted more options for their meals. Dougherty said El Monte Grill is the best establishment on campus helping cater to those who are vegetarians or are on dairy or gluten-free diets.

The ADC has an assortment of gluten-free muffins and cookies available upon request and are kept from regular desserts to avoid any mix up. Students can ask an employee for the specially made treats. The ADC provides chicken meals and fish meals so students no longer have to place special orders and wait for them to be prepared. This caters not only to special diet students and athletes, who need their supply of protein, but to those who want a balanced meal.

The mixing and matching of certain ingredients is also acceptable. Since Wanda’s food is made to order, students have more flexibility in specializing their orders. At Brisco’s, students may ask for two different kinds of bread for their sandwich. These are simple substitutions Dougherty says are no problem at all.

“Any changes that we can easily do and are possible, we cater to, as long as it doesn’t slow down the line,”
Dougherty said.

For those who are health conscious and crave Chick-fil-A, students can substitute buns for lettuce on their sandwiches. You can also  add pickles at no additional charge.

Sarah Laverne, senior early childhood studies major and employee at Chick-fil-A, said people can opt for a healthier drink by getting an Arnold Palmer with unsweetened tea and diet lemonade mixed, which contains less sugar than soda, but is still a sweet and refreshing treat.

“I also refer them to the honey-roasted barbecue sauce because it is half the calories than the original Chick-fil-A sauce,” Laverne said.

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